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Monday March 02, 2015

10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now

Jalopnik's list of the "10 Technologies Our Cars Should Have By Now has everything from self-tinting windows to projected driving lines. What tech do you think should be in cars already?

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Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI Review

Modders Inc. has published a review of the Gigabyte WaterForce 3 Way SLI kit. If you are contemplating an upgrade to a tri-SLI set up, you might want to check out this review.

There comes a time when you have to do something outrageous in order to advance yourself. The companies that are always in the forefront are continuously on this edge, pushing and striving for better products. As a consumer we might ask: Why in the world would they make this and who will buy it?


Facebook Is The Leading Cause Of....

The bad news is that Facebook makes you depressed. The good news is that Facebook offers counseling....that is if you live long enough to use the service. eek!

The researchers surveyed 736 college students and found that, basically, if you quietly stalk your friends on Facebook and then realize that your life doesn’t measure up to theirs, you feel bad about yourself.


FCC Chief Scheduled For Marathon Week Of Testimony On Internet Rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is going to have his hands full this month.

Wheeler has agreed to cap off a marathon week of hearings next month with testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology on March 19. The hearing, announced by panel Chairman Greg Walden, will be his third of the week. He will also testify at the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Oversight Committee.


Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

We just wanted to let all you aspiring game developers out there know that Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Here's the official announcement from Tim Sweeney:


Sonic CEO: I Welcome Being Regulated As A Common Carrier

Apparently not all ISPs are worried about being regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Sonic CEO Dane Jasper says he is actually "supportive of being regulated as a common carrier."

It is important to draw the distinction between regulation of the Internet, and regulation of carriers. The FCC’s order will disallow carriers from discriminating against sources of traffic that their customers choose to access via the Internet. This is common carriage at its core, and as a carrier, I am supportive of being regulated as a common carrier by the FCC.


Yahoo Turns 20

Yahoo co-founder David Filo made a blog post today announcing that Yahoo has turned 20 years old.

In 1995, Jerry and I started Yahoo to help people more easily navigate the web. We wanted to build a guide. When we came up with the idea, it wasn’t designed to be a business, it was simply something we found useful. When we realized other people found it useful, we were motivated to work on it even more. Twenty years later, the core of Yahoo is still the same. We are driven by the same purpose - to be your guide around the web. You may not know how much you motivate us every day by using our products and sharing your ideas, but you do. Thank you.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield Hardline Premium Announced @ Blue's News

Trailer For Amplitude's Multiplayer Mode @ Shacknews

World of Warcraft's New Super-Rare Mount @ Kotaku

Xbox One Bundle Gets £100 UK Price Cut @ VG24/7

Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review

We have just posted our Corsair Hydro Series H110 280mm AIO CPU Cooler Review. If you want to know how this all-in-one cooler handles today's hardware, this review is for you.

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We today have our final installment of "re-reviewing" the older Corsair Hydro Series AIO coolers on our modern testing platform. Two years ago the Corsair H110 proved itself to be a good value when it comes to sealed liquid All-In-One CPU coolers, but how does it perform a couple of years later? What does the H110 get you with today's hardware.


Google+ Officially Splits Into Photos And Streams

It would seem that Google+ has a new boss and has been officially split into Photos and Streams.

That's not to say that Google+ is dead yet—at least not officially. But it does suggest that Google is moving away from the pure Plus branding, which suggests an overhaul may be not too far off. Indeed, last week, speaking to Forbes, Google's senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai, said that "I think increasingly you'll see us focus on communications, photos and the Google+ Stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area." Clearly, this news separates out Photos and Stream, with the communications element—presumably Hangouts—already a separate entity.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Raijintek Themis Evo @ pcGameware

ETC.: TR Podcast # 171 @ Tech Report

Input: CM Novatouch TKL Gaming Keyboard @ MadShrimps

Rapoo E6700 HTPC Keyboard OCinside.de

Mobile: Dell Venue 8 7000 @ TechSpot

HP Omen 15 Gaming Notebook @ HotHardware

Motherboards: MSI X99S MPower @ Tweak.dk

Lava Lamp That Uses Ferrofluid

This is a pretty damn neat idea and the goal for this Kickstarter is only $7,000 (no backers yet).

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MSI Z97 MPower AC Review

There is a review of the MSI Z97 MPower AC posted today at ocaholic. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Z97 MPower AC is MSI's flagship offer when it comes to Z97 Express based motherboards. This board not only comes with a massive 20 phase digital power design but also lots of additional overclocking and gaming related features. Other than that MSI provided this board with their unique and good looking color scheme, where basically almost anything is black apart from a few yellow spots.


Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?

I don't know about you but I am pretty excited about this news. I've always been a fan of the franchise. cool

This has been the subject of speculation since Bethesda recently announced its first-ever E3 conference. As noted on PSU, shinobi602 is known to be the source of accurate insider information in the past, so while this is completely unconfirmed., it is being taken pretty seriously. When asked to rate how likely this is to happen on a scale of one to 10, he replied "11."


Google Confirms Wireless Service 'In Coming Months'

Speaking at Mobile World Congress 2015, Google's senior VP of products announced that Google has plans to launch its own wireless service.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of products for Google, confirmed that the world's largest search company was in talks with wireless carriers. He was addressing the speculation that Google would partner with the carriers to offer a hybrid service that would rely on cellular and Wi-Fi networks.


Corsair Carbide Series 100R Case

If you are on a budget and you need a new case, the crew at ThinkComputers has published a review of the Corsair Carbide Series 100R that should be of interest.

Just think. A large clear windowed panel with an all black sprayed interior, drive mounting that is very well thought out, semi tool-less designs and a special place for that AIO or all in one 240 X 120mm hydro cooler. They even offer the gamer an indirect intake air cooling from the side gills to keep the front nice clean and less noisy and you get that "Monster Corsair Obsidian" look on the front end with the faux brushed aluminum anodized look of a plastic front end.


Start Folding With The [H] Today!

Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Microsoft Introduces The Lumia 640 And Lumia 640 XL

Today at Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft Corp. introduced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new smartphones that give people greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they get things done. Both phones are upgradeable to Windows 10, which offers more personal computing and greater productivity, and will be available later this year.

In a competitive marketplace, Microsoft continues to deliver innovative smartphone experiences at all price points. Both devices offer the seamless integration of hardware essentials — with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities — and Microsoft services to offer incredible productivity with affordability.


Intel To Webcast Its Mobile World Congress Press Conference

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s press conference will be webcast live March 2, 2015 at 6:00am PST. With technologies that span silicon, software and security, Krzanich will demonstrate why Intel is one of the few companies able to deliver end-to-end solutions for devices, the network and the cloud. To view the webcast, visit newsroom.intel.com or visit the Intel at Mobile World Congress 2015 press kit. A replay will also be available.


Sunday March 01, 2015

Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links

Google could be getting ready to explore the possibilities of switching its ranking system from the number of incoming links to one that counts the number of incorrect facts on the website. There’s a lot of websites out there that will have to scramble to be rated at all if Google indeed does opt to switch to the trustworthiness scale for rankings. big grin

A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page.


SanDisk Pushes MicroSD to 200GB

Having a bit of a storage problem on your smartphone? Well, SanDisk hears you and has introduced a MicroSD card with 200GB of memory to handle just about anything you can throw at it, storage-wise.

The price could easily be a showstopper, though. SanDisk will ask an eye-watering $400 for the 200GB card when it ships in the second quarter


20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Apparently Exploded in Orbit

The US Air Force announced one of their military satellites suddenly exploded in orbit in what was described as a catastrophic event. The 20-year old satellite, called Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 was launched in 1995 and has been in a backup role since 2006.

We anticipate real-time weather data for tactical users will be slightly reduced without this satellite, but its data was not being used for weather forecast modeling.


Valve's VR Headset is Called the Vive and It's Made by HTC

The question whether or not virtual reality is ready for prime time might just get an answer this year. The Vive, a collaboration between HTC and Valve will be on the shelves in time for the Holidays with the developer’s edition making its appearance this spring. More will be known after GDC goers get the chance to sample the technology. Thanks to Ducman69 for the linkage.


This Week’s Best Game Trailers

BGR has viewed all of this week’s video game trailer offerings and has brought us what they feel is the best of the week and put them all together in one post for your viewing.


DirectX 12 Can Combine Nvidia and AMD Cards

Microsoft is getting ready to make a big announcement very soon at the Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco. The big news will shake up the gaming world and you have Microsoft and DirectX 12 to thank. Just think Mix and Match. cool


Star Trek Online to Create In-Game Memorial to Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy died on Friday and ever since the news broke, the Internet has been mourning his passing in many different ways. Now sites are beginning to pay tribute to the actor who brought the Iconic Star Trek’s Spock to life. The most recent announcement came from Star Trek Online. The site will erect an in-game memorial to the late Leonard Nimoy to honor his work promoting and supporting the video game industry.

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Google Pays $25 Million for.app TLDN

You can always tell a company that is flush with cash, but you sure can’t tell them much.big grin Google has gone shopping again for TLDNs and came away with the most expensive Top Level Domain Name ever. Google just purchased .app for a whopping $25 Million dollars. eek!

The price is more than three times as much as the previous record for a new top-level domain, the $6.8 million paid by Dot Tech LLC in September for the ".tech" top-level domain. Google rival Amazon.com AMZN -1.21% paid $4.6 million for the ".buy" domain name in September and $2.2 million for ".spot" in October.


First Full-Scale Hyperloop to Launch in California in 2016

….and then there were two. The Hyperloop has grown by 200% in a very short time going from zero Hyperloops to two. Elon Musk’s group will be pursuing the construction of a test track to explore the physics side of the Hyperloop in Texas. The other group, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, will be constructing a fully functional five-mile loop in California, capable of 200 MPH speeds to test functionality on actual passengers.

"This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale and immediately begin generating revenues for our shareholders through actual operations," CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement.


20 Epic Microsoft Windows Automatic Update Meltdowns

InfoWorld just loves to stir the pot on occasion and this turn around the barrel is none other than Microsoft and its 20 Windows automated updates from Hell. Take a cruise through the slide menu for a quick memory refresher of past monumental failures of MS’s auto update.

From inscrutable driver problems to bricked machines and everywhere in between, Automatic Update is a poster child in "what’s wrong with Windows" circles -- rightfully so.


Five Things to Watch for at Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain is the host for the annual Mobile World Congress this week and as usual, we expect to see some really spectacular technology in the wireless industry. Re/Code has given us some insight on whet exactly to look for from the show.

Anyone who is anyone in mobile (and a lot of others that aspire to be someone) is gathering this week in Barcelona for the mobile industry’s largest trade show.


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